Anti-graft operation a ‘big plot’ to government: Economy minister

Monday, December 23, 2013

Turkish government will overcome this process honorably, and will grow much stronger at the end of it, says Economy Minister

Turkish government will overcome this process honorably, and will grow much stronger at the end of it, says Economy Minister

ANKARA - An ongoing Istanbul-based anti-graft operation leading to the arrests of high-profile people including politicians is a big plot whose aim is absolutely different from struggling with corruption, Economy Minister Zafer Caglayan said.

“Neither me, nor my child and my colleagues could ever take part in such mistake,” Caglayan said in a written statement to AA on Sunday.

The Istanbul-based operation that was launched on Tuesday on corruption, bribery and money laundering has led to the arrest of two dozens of high-profile bureaucrats, politicians and businessmen, including the sons of two cabinet ministers, including the son of Caglayan and the head of state-owned lender Halkbank.

“I have full faith in rule of law and presumption of innocence and I believe that everyone especially the judiciary should act much more carefully,” the minister said in the statement. “We will overcome this process honorably and we will grow much more stronger at the end of it.”

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